Starting a Lawn Mowing Business – Different Ways to Get Into the Lawn and Garden Service Industry

If you are looking at changing your career, or just want to supplement your income, then getting into the lawn and garden care/service industry may just be “what the doctor ordered”. There are different ways and approaches to entering the lawn and garden business.

Broadly speaking, there are 2 main ways to get into the business which are:

  1. Starting with an existing client base
  2. Starting without an existing client base

If you do not have any customers, and want to purchase an existing customer list then this can be done in 2 ways:

  1. buy an existing business from an independent contractor. It is important to keep in mind that when you buy someone else’s business you cannot be sure they have priced and quoted their jobs correctly, and you cannot be sure the customers will stay with you or be poached by the former contractor. Or,
  2. buy a lawn mowing franchise, for example, Jim’s Mowing, VIP, Marks Mowing etc. Jim’s Mowing is a world-wide franchise system, whereas the others are Australian based only. In this case, the franchisor offers a guaranteed income (what is known as the Work Availability Guarantee) for up to around 13 weeks. In short, this income guarantee is bank-rolled by the initial franchise fee (that is, the money you initially paid to buy the lawn mowing franchise)

If you want to start your own business without a customer list then for obvious reasons your income stream will be slow taking off. To counter this, you can pick up immediate income from garden makeovers and odd jobs whilst you build your own lawn mowing customer roster.

Business and Industry in Kingston Upon Hull

For many centuries Hull has been dependent on its port as the source of most of its business and industry. The port still plays an important part in the economy of the city, although not such a dominant one as in the past given the decline in the fishing industry. Food processing companies associated with the fishing industry are now important employers in the city, alongside newer businesses that take advantage of Hull still being a major UK port. Hull and Humberside is one of the eight regions that make up the £30 billion ‘Northern Way’ economic development initiative, to attract and develop business opportunities in the region.

The port of Hull originally was founded on trade with northern Europe and came to have one of the largest UK trawler fleets working in the North Sea. Today the port is still very busy accounting for nearly 20% of UK imports and a total of 15% of all the UKs seaborne trade. Whilst the port handles many different commodities from containers and perishable foods to steel, minerals and ores; its main trade is in timber and the one million passengers a year that use its ferry services. The fishing industry in Hull is undergoing a revival following the development of the Fishgate fish auction market. Whilst the trawler fleet might be smaller the new technologies being used mean that high volumes of fish can still be caught and then sold at the market, which has a facility enabling freezer trawlers to land their catch directly into cold storage. The Ro-Ro terminal has 11 berths operated by P&O and Finnlines, with regular services to Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia. Whilst some small boat building does still take place in Hull, most of its marine engineering companies are concerned with the maintenance and repair of existing boats. Some of them, like Shiptech, offer a range of consultancies concerning various aspects of marine engineering from repairs to tonnage assessments.

Not surprisingly Hull is the location for several food processing companies, especially those concerned with the fishing industry. Originally formed by a consortium of Hull trawlers, Seven Seas is a trade name mainly associated with cod liver oil products in the UK and has had a factory in Hull since the 1930s. In recent years the resurgence in popularity of cod liver oils health care properties has meant the company is now the brand leader not only in the UK but also in parts of Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. However, the nations move toward more healthy diets and eating has not helped another company in Hull. Since being bought by the private equity firm Permira from Unilever; one of the countries best known brands in frozen food, Birdseye, is threatening to close its Hull food processing plant that currently employs 600 people. It was established in 1967 and as well as processing frozen fish products it is the centre for the annual pea harvest in the UK. Other frozen food companies with factories and production facilities in Hull include: Findus, Young’s and PolarFrost.

Located at nearby Brough, BAe Systems has one of its eight UK Military Air Solutions factories, employing over 1000 people. This site is involved in the design, manufacture and development of combat and reconnaissance aircraft. For several decades craftsmen in and around Hull have developed a reputation for building many of the caravans on sale in the UK and is now the largest caravan manufacturing area in Europe. Major companies actually located in Hull include Willerby, Atlas and Consort; who all specialise in producing static ‘holiday home’ caravans. Also, in nearby Beverley is ABI(UK), one of the best known names in touring caravan production.

BP has the second largest acetyls production facility in the world at Hull and the world’s largest ethyl acetate production plant. In total the site produces 1.4 million tonnes of chemicals that are used in the manufacture of pharmacological drugs, solvents, varnishes and aroma enhancers. Croda International is one of many other companies concerned with the production of a range of chemicals for personal, pharmacy, home and industrial uses. Reckitt Benckiser might not be a name familiar to High Street shoppers. However, some of their products might be! This is the company behind such brand names as: Nurofen, Lemsip, Dettol and Optrex to name but four of their products which are manufactured at the company’s Healthcare centre in Hull. Until 1999 the company was known as Reckitt Colman and could trace the origins of the company back to 1814 when J Colman began producing mustard in Norwich. In 2006 the company also acquired Boots Healthcare for almost £2 billion. Alongside producers of chemicals for the pharmacy industry is another company that works in the healthcare sector – Smith & Nephew, who specialise in products concerning the recovery of wounds, non-invasive surgery and orthopaedics.

Financial Recruitment Firms – Finding a Job in the Financial Services Industry

If you are looking for a financial advisor or financial services position, getting help from a financial recruitment firm is essential for several reasons:

1) They have many contacts within the financial services industry
2) They know what employment opportunities are available
3) They will promote you to the best of their ability and match you with the best position

As financial services recruiters are highly skilled professionals, they will be able to correctly determine the best individual for a given position in the industry. They appreciate the value of people with knowledge and expertise in the financial services arena.

Above all, however, they will maintain confidentiality to safeguard a client’s current employment situation during the time they are seeking a new position. Most financial advisors and brokers are already employed and prefer to work with recruiters, who will keep their job search confidential and who are aware of the best jobs available.

It’s important when talking to a recruiter that you are honest and give accurate information about yourself. You should have a professional resume available along with business references. If your resume needs to be polished, your recruiter can steer you to someone who is skilled at writing resumes. Your recruiter can also advise you on the best way to handle interviews with potential employers.

Your recruiter will set up interviews, give you feedback from the employer, and negotiate salary and job requirements on your behalf if a job offer is made. Your recruiter has the capability to:

• Effectively match up your expertise with the job opportunities available
• Bring together respected employers and the highly qualified prospects
• Find the perfect match and help conclude a successful final result for both financial services companies and job seekers.

In summary, utilizing financial recruitment firms is probably the most economically viable approach for the majority of warehouses. In the long run, they help their clients save money in obtaining an employee who will grow to be an asset to the company.

Business and Industry in Plymouth

In the past, the area around Plymouth had silver, tin and lead mines with the River Tamar being the centre for ships exporting the mined ores for over one thousand years. Those mines are now exhausted and yet still contribute to the economy of the local area. In the south west tourism brings in around three quarters of a billion pounds in business and is, therefore, a significant factor in the local economy of Plymouth. Plymouth has many tourist attractions and tourist accommodation facilities both within and nearby the city. To help service all the tourism there is of course a wide selection of bars and restaurants in the area offering employment opportunities. Plymouth is, of course, home to Plymouth Gin which is manufactured at the Black Friar distillery in Southside Street. Southside Street has been the home of the Black Friars distillery since 1793. It is now the only producer of Gin in the UK.

As for any port in the United Kingdom Plymouth has a fishing industry that stretches back across the centuries and is first recorded in the Doomsday book. Sadly, along with many other ports, the fishing industry in Plymouth virtually collapsed in the mid-1970s as European/international restrictions on fishing began to bite. Despite the increasing restrictions on fish quotas, fishing out of the port of Plymouth continues to play a part in the local economy, but on a much smaller scale. Apart from landing fish, the coast around Plymouth is well known to have a rich supply of scallops. Many local fishing boat owners supplement their income with ‘Pleasure Fishing Cruises’ for tourists. Plymouth port does not handle the volume of shipping it has done in the past. However, operating out of the Millbay docks, it is still used as a ‘roll-on roll-off’ port by Brittany ferries on their Roscoff (France) and Santander (Spain) routes, carrying both passengers and freight. The docks also provide berths for other ships and can facilitate the servicing of ships moored in Plymouth Sound.

A major employer in Plymouth is the DML group. DML was established in the 1980s to run the Royal Dockyard and, since 1997, it has owned it. The Royal Dockyard was, once upon a time, the most important and significant naval dockyard in the country. Now it is mainly in the private sector under DML with only a small part of it retained by the Royal Navy, which is now known as the ‘Plymouth Naval Base’. DML in turn is owned by three other companies; Haliburton KBR, Balfour Beatty and the Weir Group. Therefore, as a group, DML has interests in oil extraction and production, building construction, transport infrastructure and defence engineering. Whilst DML is still involved in small ship and yacht manufacturing, its main source of work comes from the refurbishment and maintenance of ships and railway locomotives. Employing nearly 5000 people and with an annual turn-over of £400 million, it is a major employer in the south west of England.

The international conglomerate BAE Systems has a site in the Southway area of Plymouth, which is used in the construction of Platform Solutions, namely Gyros and IMUs (Inertial Motor Units). Such devices are widely used by military operators to provide platform stabilisation for gunfire systems, as well as flight controls for manned and unmanned machines. Originally known as UK Sperry Gyroscopes, Plymouth has over 90 years experience in the production of inertial sensors.

Toshiba Carrier UK, on the Belliver Industrial Estate in Plymouth manufactures air conditioning units ranging from small domestic ones to ones suitable for light commercial activities. Founded in Japan in 1875, Toshiba is now better known as a manufacturer of electronics goods. It has, however, been producing air conditioning units for over 30 years now.

Bluestone is a major national construction company which has its south west base located in Plymouth. The company works mainly on publicly funded contracts such as building schools and hospitals.

Although relatively one of the smaller employers in Plymouth, Gleason’s has a long tradition of working in the town. Gleason’s is a manufacturer of cutting tools and gear, which were vital to the development of the once large ship building industries that were here. Now employing 150 people with an annual turn-over of about £20 million, it still provides tools to other local industries and companies across the UK such as Toyota, Ford and Black & Decker.

Present in Plymouth for over 20 years, Rittal-CSM, in Roborough Plymouth, manufactures enclosures and work-stations for IT equipment located in business and industrial settings. It employs some 700 personnel and exports its products world-wide and has an annual turn-over approaching £70 million.

At the Tamar Business Park, Plymouth has the Information Technology Transfer Centre. The function of the centre is to develop and apply digital technologies in innovative ways, thereby encouraging ‘high tech’ businesses to locate themselves in the Plymouth area. It specialises in finding ways to develop the use of imaging technology such as 3D scanning and rapid prototyping.